US 2032922 A
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March 3, 1936. A. s. DRIVER 2,032,922
POST FOR STEEL PARTITIONS Filed Sept. 27, 1930 ej: ...Jj 5,
' of steel partitions.
Patented Mar. 3, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE POST FOR STEEL PARTITIONS York Application September 27, 1930, Serial No. 484,750
In the construction of metallic or so-called steel partitions, posts made up of complementary hollow shaped sections are usually employed, with special fastenings or clips for securing the post sections or half-posts together. These clips are manipulated partly inside and partly outside the post sections, usually one set at one side of the wall and another set at the opposite side of the wall.
The locating and securing of these clips partly inside and partly outside the post sections and the need for using them at both sides of the wall means a relatively heavy labor cost and the expenditure of considerable time in the erection The fastenings heretofore employed fo-r the post sections also in many cases are incapable of withstanding the twisting forces exerted on the post sections by long lengths of partitions attached to the post sections.
The objects of the present invention are to overcome and eliminate the objections found in the present practice, particularly those mentioned, and to provide simple, effective and inexpensive means for quickly and positively fastening the post sections together.
The novel features of construction, combinations and relations of parts by which the objects are attained are set forth in the following specification.
The drawing accompanying and forming part of the specification illustrates one commercial form of the invention, this being intended primarily for disclosure purposes, as the structure may be modified in various ways without departure from the true spirit and broad scope of the invention.
Fig. 1 is a broken perspective and sectional View of the post portion of a steel partition, illustrating the invention in use; Fig. 2 is a broken vertical sectional view as on substantially the plane of line 2-2 of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a broken sectional detail of a corner portion of the post with the new special fastener in position therein; Fig. 4 is a detached perspective view of the fastener alone.
In Fig. 1 two sections of steel partition are indicated at 5, 6, set into the opposite sides of a post made up of the half -post sections 1, 8. These half-posts may be of any desired configuration, according to the style of partition and they are shown as having at their lopposing edges the angularly inturned flanges 9, 9, and l0, I0. The present invention makes these inside anges unnecessary for fastening purposes and they may in fact be omitted, if the post sections have sufcient rigidity without them. They are however, utilized in the present disclosure as holding 'abutments The fastener for holding the half-posts or post sections together consists in the embodiment ilc lustrated of a flat plate II, which may be of sheet metal, shaped to fit the inside configuration of the post sections and secured horizontally in position bridging the post sections. Thus, the plate shown, has end edges I2, I3, abutting the end lo walls I4, I5, of the half-posts and side edges I6 abutting the edges of the inturned flanges 9, 9, and El?, It.
Between opposed flanges, the fastener plate has neck extensions II abutting the opposed faces 15 of the flanges. These neck extensions terminate in angularly-turned flanges I8 lying outside the space between the opposed post sections and at the edges these flanges have outwardly curved hooks or lugs I9 bearing against the outer faces 20 of the post sections.
In the particular form of the invention here shown, angle pieces 2@ are welded or otherwise suitably secured to the inside faces of the half posts, projecting toward each other as in Fig. 2 25 and forming in effect cooperating shelves on which the fastener plate rests. These shelves o r supports may be struck inward from the metal of the post sections, but because of their bracing effect the welded-on angle pieces may be preferred.
Suitable fastenings may be employed for securing the fastener plate in bridging relation on the shelves or inwardly projecting lugs 20. In the present illustration, these fastenings take the form of drift pins 2| shown driven down through the registering openings 22, 23, in the plateand lugs 2! respectively, said openings being so placed that the drift pins will draw the half posts inward. into tight abutting engagement with the edges of the fastener plate.
The outwardly curled lugs I9 serve as spring retainers holding the edge flanges of the post sections firmly engaged with the edges of the fastener plate and serve also as spring retainers for the pilasters 24 which vare held in place by springing them over these lugs.
The fastener plates are inserted edgewise through the slots between the post sections, then turned horizontally and dropped down on the shelves or anchor lugs 20. The drift pins 2| can then be tapped down through the aligned openings 22, 23, to draw the post members tight together on the plate, which will then serve as a rigid tie bracing the post sections against twist- Ait j lapse, as indicated in Fig. 3.
ing movements and fastening them together as a solid unitary post. One or a number of the fasteners may be employed in a single post, depending upon the height of the post. These fasteners are relatively inexpensive and can be readily made with simplecutting and forming dies from sheet metal stock. They take up but small space in shipment and can be quickly placed from either side of the wall without requiring any special skill.
The anchorage lugs 2B may extend the full Y Width between the inturned flanges 9, 9, or IU, Il),
of each half-post, bracing the latteragainst col What is claimed is:
l. In combination with the half-posts of a metal partition, opposed inwardly projecting lugs carried by said half-posts, a fastener plate generally conforming to the interior configuration of the half-posts and supported on said lugs, means for fastening the plate in position on said lugs including drift pins engaging openings in the plate and lugs for drawing the half-posts together into solid abutting post-contour-maintaining engagement with the plate, said plate preventing twisting movement of said half-posts.
2. As a newarticie of manufacture, a fastener for the half-posts of a metalpartition, comprising a substantially hat plate having the general contour ofthe inside configuration of cooperating half posts and having at opposite edges projecting portions carrying pilaster holding snap lugs.
3. As a new article of manufacture, a fastener' for the half-posts of metal partitions, comprising a substantially flat plate having the general contour of the inside configuration ofk cooperating half posts, said plate having projecting neck portions with flanges provided at the ends with outwardly bent pilaster holding lugs.
4. As a new article of manufacture, a fastener for the half-posts of metal partition, comprising a platemember having the general contour oi the inside configuration of cooperating half-posts and provided with vertical drawing openings and wedge means therein for the drawing of the halfposts together toward the edges of said plate member.
5. As a new article of manufacture, a fastener for the half-posts of metal partition, comprising 'a plate member having the general contour of the inside configuration of cooperating half-posts and provided with means for the drawing of the half -posts together against the edges of said plate member, said plate having a projecting neck portion provided with pilaster holding lugs.
6. As a new article of manufacture, a fastener for the half-posts of metal partition, comprising inner configuration of the post sections and having a vertically extending flange formed with pilaster gripping means for securing a pilaster thereto against said post sections. Y
8. A metal-post assembly device comprising a post-contour maintaining plate portion having a projection at an angle thereto, said projection forming pilaster-engaging snap lockers.
9. A metal-post assembly device comprising a post-contour maintaining plate portion for presaid plate portion having a projection forming pilaster-oamming snap lugs for engaging and locking a pilaster to the post.
10. A metal-post assembly device comprising a post-contour maintaining portion for preventing twisting of the post and having a pilaster cam lock extending therefrom.
11. A metal-post assembly device comprising a post-contour maintaining plate portion for assembly within a post substantially at right angles toi opposed post surfaces to lock them against relative movement, said plate portion having pilaster cam lock lugs extending therebeyond.
12. In combination with a hollow, metal, partition post, a horizontally supported post-contour maintaining plate bracing said post against twisting movement, said plate having a vertically extending portion projecting beyond the post contour and provided with pilaster securing lugs.
13. A fastener plate for cooperating metal half-posts of partitions having a substantially fiat portion having the same general contour as the inner configuration of the cooperating halfposts and provided with drawing openings, said plate having angularly extending pilaster securing projections, and drawing means cooperating with said plate in said openings for bringing said half-posts into and holding them in predetermined-fixed relation.
14. A hollow metal post construction including cooperating post sections, and devices within the post for drawing the sections into' predetermined fixed relation to each other comprising horizontal plate elements having drawing openings in vertical alignment with each other, and wedge means in said openings frictionally holding said plate elements together.
15. A hollow metal post construction including cooperating post sections, and devices within the post for drawing the sections into predetermined fixed relation to eachother comprising horizontal plate elements having drawing openings in vertical alignment with each other, and wedge'means in said openings frictionally holding said plate venting relative movement of opposed post faces,
elements together, one of said plate elements 'Si having a plurality of post engaging edges contacting the inner walls of said post and preventing twisting thereof.
16. A hollow metal post construction includr ranged plate elements having vertical drawing openings and wedge means rectilinea'rly movable downwardly thereinto into rigid relation therewith.
ARTHUR S. DRIVER.